Penn Char­ter eases by In­ter­boro

In­ter­boro has game to for­get in 45-8 loss to Penn Char­ter

The Review - - Front Page - By Todd Oro­denker

EAST FALLS » On a swel­ter­ing Satur­day af­ter­noon on Penn Char­ter’s East Falls cam­pus, ab­so­lutely nothing went right for the In­ter­boro Bucs.

Vet­eran coach Steve Len­nox knew it. His play­ers knew it. There was no sug­ar­coat­ing it.

“Ev­ery­body has a bad day, and to­day hope­fully was our bad day,” Len­nox said. “And this was a bad day from the kick­off.”

In­ter­boro fell and fell hard to Penn Char­ter, 45-8, to fin­ish the nonleague por­tion of its sched­ule at 2-3 and on a three-game los­ing streak. The Bucs lost this game with­out top back Kalie Kuy­ateh and top of­fen­sive line- man Noah Ni­choll.

Len­nox did not use those in­juries as ex­cuses. The un­der­manned Bucs, though, stood lit­tle chance against a fast and ef­fi­cient — and still un­de­feated — Quak­ers.

Edward Saydee rushed for 178 yards and two touch­downs. He had scor­ing runs of 10 and 72 yards in the first half. In all, Penn Char­ter gained 282 yards on the ground and 120 through the air. In­ter­boro couldn’t keep up.

“The blocks set up per­fect,” said Saydee of his 72-yard score. “Right when I got the ball, my guard pulled. I saw it, and I knew I just had to blow it up. So when I went through there, I knew I couldn’t get tack­led

by the safeties and (de­fen­sive) backs, so I just planted my foot and kept push­ing. When I sawthe safety com­ing down hard, I just cut it back up the field.”

The game of­fi­cially swung on John Wash­ing­ton’s 52-yard punt re­turn touch­down shortly be­fore half­time on a play that could’ve been pre­vented. In­ter­boro, then down 14-0, got the ball at its 20-yard line with 61 sec­onds left be­fore the break. Its ground-and­pound of­fense, not equipped to push for points in the sit­u­a­tion, only wasted about half of those 61 sec­onds be­fore punt­ing. So, the deficit stretched to 21.

The dif­fi­cul­ties were com­pounded when, dur­ing an early sec­ond half Penn Char­ter punt, the of­fi­ci­at­ing crew de­ter­mined that Dy­lan White touched the ball as it bounced, mak­ing it live. The Quak­ers re­cov­ered. Instead of good field po­si­tion, the Bucs were back on de­fense. So it went.

“That’s some­thing you gotta deal with,” Len­nox said. “If it’s a bad call, you gotta deal with it.”

Penn Char­ter went on to kick a field goal, but the dam­age was done. In­ter­boro even­tu­ally scored dur­ing the fourth quar­ter on An­drew Grieb’s nifty 34yard run, but all that did was make it 38-8.

Len­nox was un­sure if Kuy­ateh or Ni­choll would be ready for Fri­day’s Del Val opener against Pen­nWood. But he did know what he was going to do with the 48 min­utes of football he wit­nessed in the un­sea­son­able heat.

“I think we’re going to for­get about to­day and we’re just going pre­pare for Pen­nWood onMon­day,” Len­nox said.

PHO­TOS BY RICK CAW­LEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Penn Char­ter’s Jalon Jones breaks away from Evan Sor­rentino on a touch­down run. More pho­tos on B2.

Will Sa­muel gets to throw behind a wall of block­ers.

PHO­TOS BY RICK CAW­LEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Penn Char­ter quar­ter­back Will Sa­muel lobs a pass over In­ter­boro’s Brett McLaugh­lin.

In­ter­boro’s An­drew Grieb tries to break up a pass in­tended for Bren­dan Thomas.

Penn Char­ter’s Kyle Jones (11) makes a hit on In­ter­boro’s Mike Moore.

Penn Char­ter’s Edward Saydee gets tripped up by Danny Coll.

Luke Mat­tice (76) wards off In­ter­boro’s Mike Moore.

Penn Char­ter’s Ryan Bradby nails a 21-yard field goal.

Edward Saydee looks for an open­ing along the line.

In­ter­boro’s Dy­lanWhite tries to cut off Jalon Jones.

Penn Char­ter’s JohnWash­ing­ton breaks a punt re­turn for a touch­down.

Penn Char­ter’s Edward Saydee takes a hand­off from Will Sa­muel.

Will Sa­muel looks down field for an open re­ceiver.

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